National coach Sarina Wiegman gets Arvid Smit as a new assistant with the Orange Women. Smit takes over from Michel Kreek, who stopped with the national team after the World Cup last summer in France.
"Arvid adds something to our current staff in various ways. He brings years of experience as a player in professional football and he has a background in education. A great combination of practice and theory," says Wiegman.
"He has also proven to be a good field trainer and is also tactically good, which is essential for this role. The fact that he has also closely followed women's football in recent years is of course an advantage. I am certainly looking forward to our upcoming collaboration. "
Kreek started working at Ajax as coordinator in the youth academy. The former international of the Dutch national team had been Wiegman's right hand since October 2017 with the Oranjevrouwen, who made the finals at the World Cup.
The search for a new assistant took a long time
The search of the KNVB for a new assistant took a long time. The union eventually ended up with 38-year-old Smit, who worked at Telstar as an assistant to head coach Andries Jonker and is in charge of DEM amateurs.
Smit played football from 1999 to 2010 for De Graafschap, FC Groningen, PSV, Willem II and some Portuguese clubs, among others. He never played for a youth team from Orange.
The Noord-Hollander will meet the Orange Women next week. Wiegman will start on Monday to prepare for the European Championship qualifiers against Turkey (out on November 8) and Slovenia (in Arnhem on November 12).
The Netherlands, which is still without a loss of points, is comfortably in the lead in group A and may already qualify for the European Championship of 2021 in England in a victory over Turkey.